TOP 7: UNDERRATED MOVIE CARS
We all know Bond's DB5, Bumblebee's Camaro and McFly's DeLorean.
But what about the unsung automotive stars of Hollywood? That's what this list is for.
They may never have got their own iconic chase scene or epic stunt but as plot devices, character building ideals or even just props these cars deserve more credit than what they get.
So this is a love letter to all the unsung automotive stars of the silver screen.
7: John Wick's 1969 Boss 429 Mustang. (John Wick)
This is the car that inspired this article, thanks to TopGear.Com's recent article on it. As that article explains, the '69 Boss 429 is very rarely seen on Greatest Movie Car lists, probably due to the fact that there have been a billion awesome Mustangs that have graced the silver screens over the past 40 odd years.
Bond, Gone In 60 Seconds, Bullitt, Drive, Lethal Weapon and countless others always seem to outrank Mr. Wicks grey Mustang on these lists, and it's probably because it's never used in a climatic chase scene, only as a plot device or set piece.
But nonetheless, it helps establish Keanu Reeves awesome assassin as a seriously cool guy. Not that I think he would've needed any help with that.
6: Arthur Weasley's Ford Anglia (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)
Whilst the muggle version of Ford's sedan isn't the greatest example of performance, the enchanted blue model from 2002's blockbuster film based off the book of the same name achieved more than most cars will ever have a chance to do; Become a movie star.
When Harry and Ron are late for the iconic train to hogwarts in their second year, they steal Ron's fathers enchanted Anglia, which had been used to save Harry from the rather abusive Dursleys earlier in the film. Inevitably, this leads to them ending in a bit of hot water with Snape, Dumbledore and McGonagall.
The Anglia had some of the best moments in the Potter films, with appearances in The Prisoner of Azkaban and The Deathly Hallows pt.2, albeit in a much smaller cameo part. It's become something of an icon amongst the potter generation, and therefore belongs on this list.
5: Auric Goldfinger's Rolls Royce Phantom III (Goldfinger)
This may be a controversial one, but the reason for it's place on this list is quite simple.
You see, this may just be one of the most powerful Rolls Royce's ever.
As anyone who's watched Sean Connery's iconic Bond film will recall, the villainous Auric Goldfinger smuggles large amounts of gold by melting it down and incorporating it into the Roll's bodywork. This adds, according to a Screen Rant sketch on Youtube, a huge 1/2 ton on to the already heavy Phantom's body.
All this, and the fact that it is the quintessential baddies car, means the Phantom deserves it's place on this list.
4: Will Smith's Ferrari 550 Maranello (Bad Boys II)
If you've never had the pleasure of watching Bad Boys II's climatic car chase, then I suggest you find it on youtube and watch it as soon as possible. Not because of the car chase in general, neither the assortment of baddie muscle cars that are rather cool anyway. No, the best thing about this chase is the scream of the 550 maranello's V12 as it slides, revs and is shot at in this climatic chase scene.
The maranello never gets the same appreciation as its successors, with a rather horrifying resale value cursing owners of this early 2000s V12 machine. Nonetheless, this car chase is truly exhilarating to watch, in contrast to the rest of the movie.
3: Jason Statham's Lamborghini Murcielago (Transporter)
Way before Mr. Statham's days of hanging out with Vin Diesel and The Rock, he starred in a trilogy of action movies titled the 'Transporter" series. In the second installment, in which Statham's Frank Martin is implicated in the kidnapping of a NASA official's son, there's a short but sweet low-tension chase scene as this prime example of a 2005 Lamborghini Murcielago chases the generic bad guys helicopter across Miami to an airport, where Frank attempts to stop the baddies private jet by driving under it for a bit.
As is to be expected of a car with this naturally aspirated V12 masterpiece of an engine, the highlight of the scene is the big bad Lambo's concerto for V12.
2: Tony Stark's Audi R8's and E-Tron GT (Iron Man trilogy, Avengers 2 & 4)
Despite it being rather blatant product placement for the Audi Quattro brand, the original R8's appearance in 2008's Iron Man is forever embedded in the minds of Marvel fans, probably because it suits the character of Tony Stark very well indeed. It also seems to be Iron Man's daily driver, an honour Audi would probably flaunt very much in the MCU.
But, that's not all. In the slightly less well received (critically, that is) Iron Man 2, Robert Downey Jr.s now iconic character drove the Spyder version of the R8, followed by his stint in the E-Tron R8 in Iron Man 3.
In 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mr. Stark drove the second generation R8 V10, and in his final appearance in the MCU in 2019's Mega-hit Avengers: Endgame, Iron Man drove the awesome E-Tron GT, which makes sense given the 5 year time jump to 2023 in that film.
1: Zao's Jaguar XK8 (Die Another Day)
Zao was a relatively forgettable henchman, especially with a background in North Korean terrorism and diamonds embedded into his face. Because why not. No, the only truly remarkable thing about Zao was his car.
An emerald green Jaguar XK8, kitted out with a dozen plus short-range missiles, a gatling machine gun on the back and a rather convenient head-up display that shows thermal imaging, perfect for finding Bond's Aston Martin Vanquish, or 'Vanish' as it is so cringe-inducingly named by Q.
So yeah. Awesome car.
These cars never get the appreciation they deserve. They're never on TOP 100 MOVIE CAR EVAH lists, despite so obviously deserving it. So yeah, this is the article that gives them that recognition. Thank you so much for reading, do the right thing and press the 'bump' button, click on my profile to read my other posts. And, if you're on insta, go follow @bendigocarspotterss .
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